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Umbria Launches AVAX Cross-Chain Bridge Solution, Claims Tech Is 90% Cheaper Than Alternative

On Tuesday, the team behind the Umbria network announced the launch of the new Narni cross-chain Avalanche bridge. Umbria says the bridge is 90% cheaper than the official Avalanche bridging solution allowing users to move ether between the Ethereum blockchain and the Avalanche network.

Narni Cross-Chain Bridge Adds Avalanche Solution

During the last two weeks the price of avalanche (AVAX) has increased 33.4% and this week, AVAX made its way into the top ten crypto positions in terms of market capitalization. As far as the total value locked (TVL) in decentralized finance (defi) is concerned, the Avalanche network has 169 defi protocols with $10.97 billion in value. In addition to the increase in AVAX value, this week Umbria network revealed the new Narni cross-chain Avalanche bridge.

The Narni bridge already allowed cross-chain transfers from Ethereum to Binance Smart Chain and Polygon. Furthermore, Narni’s new bridge to Avalanche is cheaper than the official AVAX bridge. According to Umbria, the cost to transfer leveraging Narni is $2.43 while the official AVAX bridge is $27.62 per transfer. The estimated rate provided by Umbria is 91.20% cheaper and instead of ten minutes using the official AVAX bridge, a Narni transaction is less than three minutes.

“Onboarding new crypto users to Avalanche can be difficult due to the technical challenges and knowledge required, the lengthy transaction times and the prohibitive costs. Our bridging protocol removes these barriers, which ultimately increases access to Avalanche projects from Ethereum,” Barney Chambers, the co-lead developer and founder of Umbria Network explained during the announcement.

During the last 12 months, cross-chain bridge technology has grown a great deal. Statistics show that the aggregate total value locked in cross-chain bridges with Ethereum is $25.45 billion and the TVL has increased 14.7% in the last 30 days. Avalanche bridge metrics show $6.1 billion TVL, according to data stemming from Dune Analytics. The Umbria network is built on Polygon and offers a staking pool and decentralized exchange (dex) platform in addition to the Narni cross-chain bridge.

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